Worship Words October 31, 2021

Are you preparing for worship using the Revised Common Lectionary? If so, are you using Ruth or Deuteronomy, Psalm 146, or Psalm 119? Are you using the Narrative Lectionary? Are you observing Reformation Day, following a whole different set of texts? Are scraping the Lectionary all together and welcoming the ghouls and goblins of Halloween… Read More

Saturday Prayer: The Beauty of Weeds

Creator of all,I thank you for the beauty of your Creation:The mosquitos in my yard,The poison ivy along the fence,The sunlight shining on the weeds in my garden,Yes, even the weeds.Thank you for providing for meIn this green spaceA reminder of your abundant loveThat nurtures the wheat and sifts out the chaff,That teaches me to… Read More

Friday prayer: the witness of Bartimaeus

A relative of mine would yell at referees during basketball games, “You blind Bartimaeus!” This name-calling was, of course, meant as an insult. (It was also problematic in ways I didn’t quite understand as a teenager.) But Bartimaeus was wise. He didn’t have to see Jesus to know who – and what – he was.… Read More

Saturday Prayer: Broken Places

Oh Gd,How broken our world is,How scattered your children,How ignored and abused your Creation… And we say nothing.We do nothing. (Or we make excuses…) Holy One,Creator and Redeemer and Renewer,Bring healing!Bring change!Bring hope!But most of all,Begin with me. Re-form my broken places,Re-fill my empty heart.We are all thirsty for your love,Longing for your grace,And need… Read More

RevGalBookPals: No Cure for Being Human by Kate Bowler

Kate Bowler has written a psalm to human finitude. Her recent release, No Cure for Being Human (and Other Truths I Need to Hear) functions as a companion to her bestselling memoir, Everything Happens for a Reason (and Other Lies I’ve Loved). Bowler, an associate professor of the History of Christianity in North America at… Read More

Everything’s Hard, and I’m Tired

I spoke those words aloud to an empty townhouse as I literally fell onto my bed late yesterday afternoon.  They’re definitely correlated, and perhaps there is a causal feedback loop.  Because the tired-er I get the hard we everything is, which makes me all the more tired.   This morning, after a nap and a night’s… Read More